Operation Sidekick

Kim Fortenberry (Marines & Army) with his service dog Liberty (Class of 2019) during their immersion training session.

Over 22 veterans a day are lost to suicide, which is now the leading cause of death in the military, surpassing war. Over 3,000 Pit Bulls are killed every day. APBF is the first organization to bridge the gap and exclusively train rescued pit bulls as service dogs to help our veterans overcome the daily struggle of PTSD and depression. We can only offer this service with your help – your donations and volunteer time.

Please get involved – here’s how:

  • Foster a Sidekick Puppy!
    Become a Foster
  • Join our campaign #standwiththe22 to decrease that number of 22 suicides until there are none. It’s built with budgeted giving in mind and though it may seem small, makes a huge impact on our abilities to help those in need. Due to the unaffordability of needed service dogs, sometimes upwards of $30,000, we are dedicated to providing these services to veterans at no cost.
    Sign Up
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Watch Our Seed20 Operation Sidekick Video

Final Night Presentation

Operation Sidekick Promotional Postcard

We created these cards to help spread the word about Operation Sidekick. They are postcard size which makes them perfect for transporting.

Please feel free to print these cards and distribute them at your favorite restaurants, coffee shops or any other hotspots you can think of!

Make a Donation

Your donation will help with:

  • Dog Training
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Veteran & Minor Approvals
  • Vet Bills
  • Promotional Materials
Please Donate

Sidekick Puppy Socializer

Become a Sidekick Puppy Socializer and Work Hands-on With the Dogs

Become a Socializer

How can you help?

  • We are always looking for great opportunities to grow Operation Sidekick. Please check the areas you may be interested in getting more involved.

Emergency Resources for Veterans

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

24/7 Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press “1” or go online www.veterancrisisline.net to chat 1-to-1 with a counselor or text 838255.

Get Professional Help for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/public/where-to-get-help.asp